10 November 2011

Patristic Quote of the Day

At this point, my dear brothers in Christ, we have to be careful not to overlook something of great importance to our sisters in Christ; that's to say, how modestly the Virgin Mary behaved.  She'd taken the angel's word literally.  She'd given birth to the Son of the Most High.  She'd deferred to Joseph in conversation.  She could've crowed about the honors bestowed on her, but she didn't.  The humble Christ could have taught her humility but, apparently, she taught it to Him.  Mary had great reason to be proud, but she wasn't.  -- St. Augustine, Sermons to the People, p. 28.

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